“The bar exam is a somewhat imperfect measure. We know that it tests only a few of the things a lawyer might get into. And it forces you to take essay questions on subjects you would never take a practical matter on because you don’t know anything about it. In that sense and in others, it’s an unrealistic examination because it forces the applicant into things they would never do,” Brandes said. “As long as the applicant knows they shouldn’t take that case if they’re not competent and doesn’t, they won’t have that problem in the real world.”
The applicants not included in the above totals either were attorneys admitted in other states who either chose or were required to take the GBX, attorneys admitted in foreign jurisdictions, law students in the Law Office/Judge’s Chambers Study Program or law students who qualified to take the GBX through four years of law study. More detailed statistics, including passing rates by individual law schools, will be made available in approximately four to six weeks and published on the State Bar’s website at http:/// .